15 days in Turkey Itinerary

15 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey planner

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Fly
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Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly
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Urgup, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Fly
4
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
5
Bursa
— 1 night
Drive
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Istanbul
— 5 nights
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Istanbul

— 2 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
On the 2nd (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Taksim Square, take an in-depth tour of Istanbul Archaeological Museum, look for gifts at Mısır Çarşısı, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Istanbul journey planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Istanbul is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Istanbul. Traveling from Cairo in October, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can fly to Urgup.

Things to do in Istanbul

Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:

Urgup, Cappadocia

— 2 nights
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
On the 4th (Sun), appreciate the views at Red Valley, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Antikite Ottoman, then examine the collection at Cappadocia Art & History Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Mazi Yeralti Sehri.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Urgup online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Urgup takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in October, you will find days in Urgup are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are cooler (6°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Goreme.

Things to do in Urgup

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 3 nights
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Step out of Goreme with an excursion to Kaymakli Underground City in Derinkuyu--about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), contemplate the long history of Goreme National Park, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Goreme tour itinerary planner.

Goreme is just a short distance from Urgup. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 8:

Pamukkale

— 1 night

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Pamukkale trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Pamukkale takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Bursa.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 9:

Bursa

— 1 night
The first Ottoman capital and a World Heritage Site, Bursa is known as "The Royal Springs" for its famous hot mineral waters--though it offers much more than your typical spa destination.
On the 10th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Tombs of Osman and Orhan and then admire the landmark architecture of Ulu Cami.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bursa trip site.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Bursa in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Bursa can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Istanbul.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:
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Istanbul

— 5 nights

Queen of Cities

See even more of Istanbul: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and contemplate the long history of Galata Tower.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul travel planner.

Drive from Bursa to Istanbul in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bursa in October: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 28°C and lows are around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 15:

Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.